STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) registered a case against Naresh Kumar Dutta, the then Incharge Block Veterinary Officer/ SDO Mendhar (now retired); B C Sharma, then Block Veterinary Officer/ SDO Mendhar; Junaid Hussain, Mohd Zabir Hussain, Mansoor Ali Khan, Sajjad Ahmed (employees of Sheep Husbandry Deptt), Mohd Sadiq and others for embezzlement of funds and on corruption charges.As per an official spokesperson, the ACB registered a case vide FIR No. 03/2020 at Police Station ACB Rajouri under Sections 5(1)(c), 5(1)(d) read with Section 5(2) of J&K PC Act, Svt 2006 and Section 120-B of RPC against aforementioned Government officials.He further told that instant case was registered on outcome of verification conducted by ACB into a complaint lodged by Dr K H Shah (Veterinary Assistant Surgeon, ISD Block Dhargaloon Mendhar) alleging therein non-establishment of even a single Sheep Unit Under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) scheme during 2011-2012. It surfaced during verification that 46 Sheep Units were sanctioned under TSP scheme by the District Development Commissioner Poonch for 2011-12 in Block Mendhar/Dhargaloon and as such, amount sanctioned for establishing 46 sheep Units amounting to Rs 479136/- vide cheque no 27230700 was kept at the disposal of then I/C Block Veterinary Officer Mendhar by District Sheep Husbandry Officer Poonch vide letter No. DSHOP/TSP/2011-12/2881-82 dated January 28, 2012, he addedThe verification further revealed that then I/C Block Veterinary Officer/SDO Mendhar namely Naresh Kumar Dutta, by abuse of his official position and in a well knit conspiracy with Junaid Hussain, Mohd Zabir Hussain, Mansoor Ali Khan and Sajaad Ahmed (employees of Sheep Husbandry Department) and Mohd Sadiq misappropriated/ embezzled the subsidy component to the tune of Rs 2,50,000 for establishing 26 numbers of sheep units by manipulating records, contrary to conditions of District Sheep Husbandry Officer Poonch. Similarly the remaining amount of Rs 2,19,136/- as subsidy component including insurance part for establishing 20 numbers of sheep units was misappropriated/embezzled by B C Sharma, then Block Veterinary Officer/SDO Mendhar, by abusing his official position and in connivance with Mafooz Ahmed, Liaqat Hayat, Mohd Saleem and Mohd Bashir (driver) in 2013-14. As such, total amount of Rs 4,69,136 has been misappropriated by the above-mentioned public servants and others for year 2012-13 and 2013-14 which ultimately resulted into loss to the state exchequer. On prima facie establishment of the allegations, a formal case has been registered against the above named persons and investigation has been taken up, he added.
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